Nadege Mugisha, Burundi

Nadege is currently a researcher and assistant lecturer at the University of Burundi, in the faculty of engineering, departments of information and communication technology, and electromechanics. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electromechanics; Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Electronics; Embedded Systems. She is a member of a research centre for the didactics of disciplines for the promotion of science, and is part of a committee in charge of the creation of a Burundi National Chapter of Organisation of Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), as well as an affiliate member of Burundi Council of Young Scientists (BCYS).

Gloria Kuhumba, Tanzania

Gloria is a researcher in the food and biotechnology division at the Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organisation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, and a Master of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida.

Rosine Ahishakiye, Burundi

Rosine is an assistant lecturer at the University of Burundi. She was recently appointed in the team of stakeholders of development of the East African regional policy for sciences, technology, and innovation by the ministry of education through the national commission of Science, technology, and innovation in Burundi. Her professional interests and research areas are reaction engineering and catalysis, renewable energy, wastewater treatment, and conversion of biowaste to energy. During her BioInnovate Africa fellowship, she developed a method of improving biogas yield for Mwanza abattoir wastewater treatment plant by using rice straw, showing that the biogas yield can be improved up to six times more. She holds two master’s degrees in Environmental Sciences from University of Burundi, and Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University where she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Engineering.

Dr Sayuni Nasari, Tanzania

Sayuni is an expert in pedagogy and works as an assistant lecturer at the Stefano Moshi Memorial University College, and is also the deputy director for research, postgraduate studies, and consultancy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (biology & geography) from St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwenge Catholic University, a Master of Education degree from Tumaini University, Makumira, and a Ph.D in Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management from the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Tanzania.

Dorothy Murugu, Kenya

Dorothy is a registered nutritionist and dietitian with the Kenya Nutritionist and Dietitians Institute (KNDI), and a qualified food scientist, nutritionist and public health specialist. She has cumulative work experience of over 18 years in various fields including food systems, research, training, health, nutrition, and dietetics. Her fellowship goals include developing and characterising food products, incorporating processed insects that contribute significantly to the Recommended Daily Intakes (RDIs) for nutrients of public health concern for women of reproductive age and children aged five years and below. Dorothy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Egerton University in Kenya and a Master of Science degree in Public Health (MPH) from the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ITROMID) of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. She is currently finalizing her Ph.D research in Food Science and Nutrition with a focus on edible insects as a means of dietary diversity in human diets.

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